Varsity Eight Races To Third In San Diego

April 6, 2003

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - -

The Oregon State men's rowing team capped its season-opening weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic with third-place finishes by the varsity and junior varsity eights, as well as a second-place showing from the novice crew on Sunday.

In fifth place after the first 500 meters on the Mission Bay course, the varsity eight struggled with its rhythm according to coach Kjell Oswald, but rowed tenaciously to move into third place overall with a time of six minutes, 9.39 seconds.

The Beavers were within a few seats of Temple throughout the Grand Final, and nosed ahead over the last few meters to beat the Owls by .48 seconds. California edged out Washington by just over a second to win the Copley Cup.

'The varsity eight had a good race, even though they never really found their rhythm,' Oswald said. 'We looked a little bit scrambled today and didn't row a great piece, but we improved on our tenacity.

'To beat crews like Temple and Stanford is a good sign. We just need to find oour rhythm and continue to improve on our intensity.'

The junior varsity held third place throughout the entire 2,000 meters of their Grand Final, and pulled to within a boatlength of Washington over the second half of the course en route to a time of 6:06.03.

California's 'A' boat claimed the win in 6:00.1, and Washington was second at 6:03.34. OSU beat Cal 'B', Stanford, and Minnesota by over eight seconds.

'The JV really rowed outside of themselves today,' Oswald said. 'They went for broke and had a race where they realized what it meant to race at this level. They looked a little more spent when they got off the water than they have before, so that's a good sign.'

In the novice Grand Final, OSU passed Washington down the stretch to finish second, less than two seconds back of California's 'A' boat. The Beavers finished in 6:05.93, and beat Cal's 'B' crew and Stanford as well.

'The novice rowed an incredible race once again,' Oswald said. 'For most of the race, the focus was on the crews to their outside, but at the 500-meter mark, they shifted their attention to Washington and Cal's 'A' crew, and passed Washington. They showed a lot of maturity very early in their careers.'

'Across the board, in the men's and women's programs, we're definitely heading in the right direction.'

OSU's varsity eight rows next Saturday, April 12th against Wisconsin and Michigan in Madison, Wis.

RESULTS

COPLEY CUP GRAND FINAL (varsity eight, places 1-6) - 1. California 5:56.79; 2. Washington 5:57.98; 3. Oregon State 6:09.39; 4. Temple 6:09.87; 5. UC-Davis 6:17.55; 6. Stanford 6:26.07; 7. USC 6:29.89.

SHARP CABRILLO CUP GRAND FINAL (JV eight) - 1. California 'A' 6:00.1; 2. Washington 6:03.34;3. Oregon State 6:06.03; 4. California 'B' 6:14.78; 5. Stanford 6:16.65; 6. Minnesota 6:36.22.

DEREK GUELKER MEMORIAL CUP (novice eight) - 1. California 'A' 6:04.08; 2. Oregon State6:05.93; 3. Washington 6:07.86; 4. California 'B' 6:23.45; 5. Stanford 6:26.01; 6. Cal-San Diego 6:50.39.

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